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Are you an adoptive parent? Does your adopted child have one or more developmental, physical, or mental health disabilities?

Dr. Claudia Sellmaier and I are seeking U.S. adoptive parent participants for a survey about parenting an adopted child with a disability. To participate in this study you must have at least one adopted child who is under 18 years old* and who has at least one developmental, physical or mental health disability.

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We are interested in learning more about the experiences of adoptive parents who have an adopted child with a disability and their experiences with adoption agencies, service providers, and their place of employment. We hope to use the findings to better improve the lives of adoptive parents and adopted children and youth with disabilities.

The survey consists of up to 67 questions and includes multiple choice and open-ended questions. It may take up to 30 minutes for you to complete the survey depending on your experiences. The current study also received IRB approval from the University of Washington Human Subjects Review Board.

To participate in this study, click on the link below:

You can also contact us for more information: Dr. Kim at (253) 692-5623 or email or Dr. Sellmaier at (253) 693-5865 or email

*Note that you can also have adopted children who are older than 18 years old, but at least -one- of your adopted children must be under 18.